Shellshock technologies 2 peice brass free cases.l

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  1. milsurpguy

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    Anyone ever use shellshock technology 9x19 cases?
    They're the 2 peice ones with a nickel alloy case walls and a thick aluminum webbing.
    I found a thousand new unprimed shellahock cases at a show for about the same price as 1x fired, mixed head stamp, still has the spent primer range trash, I guess because no one knows what they are. They're supposed to be pretty tough.
    I was looking for something "distinctive" to run my illogically hot subgun loads in. I would say these are pretty distinctive.
     
  2. troy fairweather

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    The reloading dies were $100 before the ronna, they maybe a lot more now.
     
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  4. milsurpguy

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    I saw an article from when these were new, I think it was from ammoland, the author was getting like 5 or 7 reloadings using regular dies, main drawback is the shells have to be lubed.
     
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    The die set is now $79.99 for a two piece set. That set is not complete it is just the sizing and flaring dies.
    For that kind of money I would want a RCBS set of dies!
    That set uses a lee resizer.

    When I run into those case's at the range I leave them to be sent to a land fill.
     
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    They are cheaper than brass from Starline.
    Yes, you have to buy a special size and flare die
    Yes, they are physically stronger than a brass case
    Yes, they are magnetic so you can clean them up easily
    If I was going to start over, and buy a bunch of these, I would gladly sell all 15k of my brass cases

    Youll find they are mostly in use for guys that are loading +P ammo or are loading for Major.
     
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    I also read the article when someone posted about them a while back. Then I was reminded of them when I found a fired casing last year. If you need something very distinct like the op says he’s planning to use them for they could be useful I suppose. To me the I feel brass still has the advantage and if I wanted a very easy to recognize load I would just get some nickel cases. The fact that the two halves of the case can pull apart gives me pause but I’m happy to see people striving to make new and unique products.
     
  8. jmorris

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    If they were the most common free brass to pick up I might have a different opinion of them. At this moment in time I view them the same as stepped brass, SPP 45 ACP and the like.
     
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  9. milsurpguy

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    Yeah I bought a bunch of primed speer nickle +P head stamp in the before times for my +p 147gr loads but they've run out.
     
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    I don’t use nickel brass for my 9mm major loads, traditionally nickel plated brass has always split before plain brass, no matter how they were loaded.

    It does look better and is slicker though.
     
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    I watched a video of the manufacturer reload and shoot the same case over and over and over with only a wipe down between firings (and deprime/resize of course). I think it stopped at about 37 when his camera battery died. BUT...Johnny's Reloading Bench did torture test, shooting 9mm +P+ loads (15% above published +P data) in a sloppy Glock, and got had his first mishap, in one case, on the 11th firing.
    I'd fire them, high priced specialized dies or not. I love that I can buy a shop rolling magnet to retrieve my "brass".
     
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  12. milsurpguy

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    My 147gr speer cased loads loads aren't major, just mild to normal +P, nothing scarry in a normal handgun.
    The shellshocks are definitely for scarry loads not intended to go in any kind of a production handgun.

    I'll attempt to reload some with normal carbide dies with case lube. If I really love these things I'll get the super special dies for them.
     
  13. rfwobbly

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    I would say you found your answer.
     
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    Some 9mm loads can make major without even getting to +p pressures.
     
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    Seems interesting. What gun are they going to be used in?
     
  16. milsurpguy

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    I'm loading them for my semi auto mark 2 sbr sten.
     
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    Without the proper dies, the problem you might encounter is the case head pulling out of the case body. They are joined by an aluminum extrusion of the case head going through the "flash hole"
     
  18. milsurpguy

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    Yeah that's what it looked like was happening in the ammo land article, the aluminum and steel was being pulled apart when the author loaded them several times.
     
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